Go Get Your Blessing! Our Favorite Gospel Artists
Sunday morning church suits, bibles, and tithes – yes, these celeb gospel artists take us to church on any day of the week, and have us worshipping and thanking our higher power for all the blessings bestowed upon us. Whether you’re sitting in your church pew swaying to the choir’s rendition of your favorite gospel artist or having a solo praise fest in your car on the way to or from work, these gospel singers have the ability to make us focus on our relationship with our higher power. From soul-stirring hymns to head-bobbing beats, we can identify with the stories their songs tell, from the constant day-to-day struggle of getting by to just taking the time to count your blessings. Speaking of which, check out the following gospel artists that pump you up to go get your blessing. After all, it’s your time.
Known for his preachy lyrics that fill us up with the holy spirit, Kirk Franklin has led such sensational choirs as The Family, God’s Property and One Nation’s Crew (1NC). As gospel musician, choir director and author, he has tapped into the gifts given to him by God and has been inspired to lead others to do the same. One of his many hits, I Smile, reminds us of why we should always wear a smile on our faces.
For years Yolanda Adams has been wowing gospel audiences with her big voice and uplifting lyrics. She understands her purpose in life, and her goal is to spiritually connect with people through her music. Her debut album, Just As I Am, put her on the map and had some folk wondering if she were singing to God or her man. Clearly, she was opening up her heart to God though, and many albums later, Yolanda still brings her audience the spiritual fruit they crave.
Go get your blessing! This gospel singing sister duo, also known as Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina “Tina” Atkins-Campbell, has been making chart-topping hit after hit, and they are credited with popularizing urban, contemporary gospel. Shackles (Praise You) put them on the map, and they’ve been a part of our CD collection ever since. When one of their songs plays on the radio, we know who it is immediately.
Actress and gospel singer Tamela Mann has wowed us for years as Cora in Tyler Perry’s plays. In addition, this beautiful, deep-dimpled sister has us worshiping on a whole new level with her latest song, Take Me To The King. She began her career with Kirk Franklin and The Family. Plus, we’ve watched her shed a plethora of poundage, showing us that she respects herself enough to take care of herself so that she can continue to be a vessel to spread God’s word.
Fred has been active, both as a member of the gospel performing group Commissioned, and as a solo artist (currently for Verity Records). He is a multiple Grammy-, Dove-, Stellar- award winner and nominee as a performer, producer and writer. He was first recognized by playing his bass guitar for gospel group The Winans and then went on to produce Make Me Like The Moon, a stirring gospel ballad co-written by Chante Moore and Kenny Latimore for their 2006 double-CD of gospel and R&B love songs entitled Uncovered/Covered.
Pastor Marvin Louis Sapp is a gospel music singer-songwriter who recorded with the group Commissioned, after Fred Hammound asked him to join the group, during the 1990s. Soon after, he began his own record-breaking solo career. Pastor Sapp is also the Founder and Senior pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He recently collaborated with Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Kandi Burruss and released another book, I Win.
Karen Clark Sheard
Gospel singer Karen Clark-Sheard is a four-time Grammy Award winning singer, musician, and songwriter. The youngest daughter of pioneering gospel choral director Mattie Moss Clark, Karen began her career as a member of the Grammy-Award winning, gospel legendary female group, The Clark Sisters. She is the mother of contemporary gospel singer and actress Kierra “Kiki” Sheard. During the hiatus of the Clark Sisters, Karen rose to fame after she recorded her critically acclaimed and much anticipated solo album Finally Karen, which spawned her hit, Balm in Gilead.
Known for her beautiful duets with brother Bebe, this Gospel singer branched out on her own in the ’90s. In 1995, Cece started her own recording company, “PureSprings Gospel.” Her first album on the label was Alabaster Box in 1999.
Kim Burrell coined her music style as “jazz gospel.” Known as the Ella Fitzgerald of our generation, Kim has carved out quite a name for herself, especially one who came into the industry relatively late (1989). In 2010, she founded The Love & Liberty Fellowship Pentecostal Overcoming Holy Church, where she serves as Senior Eldress/Overseer-Bishop.
James Fortune & FIYA
Two-time Grammy Award-nominated gospel music recording artist, songwriter and producer, James Fortune knows just how to keep us afloat spiritually. His hit single You Survived lets us look at our blessings after considering the trials and tribulations we’ve been through in life.